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Whitehead Member Mary Gehring  studies how gene expression is regulated by the addition and removal of DNA methylation from the genome. In this image of an Arabidopsis thaliana flower, the veins of the sepals, filaments of the anthers, and base of the stigma are highlighted by a marked enzyme that is essential to this type of gene regulation. 

Image by Deborah Pohlmann/Whitehead Institute


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AudioHelicase logo with Iain Cheeseman

May 17, 2018

AudioHelicase podcast: Iain Cheeseman discusses cell division and what can happen when it goes wrong

Cheeseman discusses how his work on the kinetochore provides a window into cell division and what happens when this vital cellular function goes awry.


Teachers and partners at Whitehead Institute's teacher program dinner

august 8, 2018

Teaching Teachers: Whitehead Institute Program Bridges the Gap Between the Lab and the Classroom

Whitehead Institute's monthly teacher series strives to inspire, educate, and empower high school biology instructors from the Greater Boston area.

In the News

Firefly on leaf; Radim Schreiber - FireflyExperience.org

October 16, 2018

How many evolutionary events can it take to screw in nature’s lightbulb?

Firefly genomics reveals independent evolution of bioluminescence in beetles

Illustration of a hand assembling a brain jigsaw puzzle

OCTOBER 9, 2018


Researchers uncover how a ubiquitously expressed mutation causes a brain-specific disorder.



Whitehead Institute and the Department of Biology at MIT are seeking outstanding scientists for two tenure track faculty positions at the Assistant Professor level.

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Whitehead Fellow Kristin Knouse

OCTOBER 2, 2018


Whitehead Fellow Kristin Knouse has received an NIH Director’s Early Independence Award. The award—part of the National Institute of Health (NIH) High-Risk, High-Reward Research program—was established in 2010 to enable exceptional junior scientists to move immediately into independent research positions. 



Whitehead Connects presents "Creative Destruction" with Richard Foster on October 17

Dr. Foster is an Emeritus Director of McKinsey & Company, Inc. and member of the executive committee of the W. M. Keck Foundation, where he is Chairman of the Medical Research Committee.

Richard Foster


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